A Galactic Spectacle

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stsci_STScI-PRC-2010-25-a August 5th, 2010

Credit: NASA, ESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI

The Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light-years from Earth, are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), the Hubble Space Telescope (gold and brown), and the Spitzer Space Telescope (red). The Antennae galaxies take their name from the long antenna-like "arms," seen in wide-angle views of the system. The X-ray image from Chandra shows huge clouds of hot, interstellar gas that have been injected with rich deposits of elements from supernova explosions. The Spitzer data show infrared light from warm dust clouds that have been heated by newborn stars, with the brightest clouds lying in the overlapping region between the two galaxies. The Hubble data reveal old stars and star-forming regions in gold and white, while filaments of dust appear in brown. Many of the fainter objects in the optical image are clusters containing thousands of stars.

Image Source: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/25/image/a

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

Image Use Policy: http://hubblesite.org/copyright/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
NGC 4038/4039 Antennae Galaxies
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Interacting
Mission Graphics

Distance

Universescale2
60,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 12h 1m 52.9s
DEC = -18° 52’ 58.6”
Orientation
North is 30.7° CW
Field of View
3.4 x 3.4 arcminutes
Constellation
Corvus

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red Spitzer (IRAC) Infrared 8.0 nm
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble (ACS) Optical (B) 435.0 nm
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble (ACS) Optical (y) 550.0 nm
Arrow_left_yellow Hubble (ACS) Optical (I) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray 450.0 pm
ACS/WFC:July 21, 2004 and February 16, 2005;ACIS:December 1999 - July 2002;IRAC:December 24m 2003
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_yellow
Arrow_top_blue
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ID
STScI-PRC-2010-25-a
Subject Category
C.5.1.7   X.Galaxy &gt   Interacting  
Subject Name
NGC 4038/4039, Antennae Galaxies
Credits
NASA, ESA, SAO, CXC, JPL-Caltech, and STScI
Lightyears
60,000,000
Redshift
Reference Url
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/25/image/a
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
60 million light-years (19 megaparsecs)
Facility
Spitzer, Hubble, Hubble, Hubble, Chandra
Instrument
IRAC, ACS, ACS, ACS, ACIS
Color Assignment
Red, Yellow, Yellow, Yellow, Blue
Band
Infrared, Optical, Optical, Optical, X-ray
Bandpass
-, B, y, I, -
Central Wavelength
8microns, 435, 550, 814, 0.45-8keV
Start Time
2003-12-24, 2004-07-21, 2004-07-12, 2004-07-21, -
Integration Time
-, 435, 550, 814, -
Dataset ID
-, J91K10060, J91K10080, J91K10070, -
Notes
A
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
180.4704666, -18.8829452
Reference Dimension
3545.0, 3600.0
Reference Pixel
1773.5, 1801.0
Scale
-1.58559e-05, 1.5855943e-05
Rotation
-30.72
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
hs-2010-25-a-full-tif.tif
Resource URL
http://archive.stsci.edu/pub/stpr/hs-2010-25-a-full-tif.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/25
Metadata Date
2014-03-24
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
60,000,000 light years